Storm Shelters

During tornadoes and severe weather, the City of Derby encourages residents to shelter in place if possible. Residents should create a storm plan in the event of severe weather.

Part of the plan should include evacuation planning, which involves gathering things such as medications, insurance documents, clothing, bedding, bottled water and non-perishable food before the need to evacuate arises. Residents also need to consider plans for pets, including food and a kennel.

Derby is seeking Storm Shelter volunteers to help open and staff the shelters during emergency. If you are interested, fill out our online application: 
Storm Shelter Volunteer Form

There are five public storm safe rooms in the city.

Fire Station #82


1401 N. Rock Rd.
  • Open during tornado warnings.
  • Storm safe room in the basement.
  • Park north of the fire station and enter the east door upstairs. There is a handicap accessible entrance on the west side.
  • Animals are allowed at this location and crates are available for use.

Pleasantview Baptist Church


1335 N. Buckner
  • Open for residents when a tornado warning is issued for Sedgwick County and includes the City of Derby.
  • Enter the church on the south side.
  • Animals are not allowed.

South Rock Christian Church


900 S. Rock Rd.
  • Open for residents when a tornado warning is issued for Sedgwick County and includes the City of Derby.
  • Enter the church on the west side. 
  • Animals are not allowed.

Woodlawn United Methodist Church


431 S. Woodlawn Blvd.
  • Open during tornado warnings.
  • Enter the church using the south door on the east side of the building. The basement is just inside the doors to the left.
  • Animals are not allowed.

Derby Middle School 


801 E. Madison
  • Open NON-SCHOOL HOURS during tornado warnings.
  • Park on east side of gym and in football stadium parking lot. Enter auxiliary gym on east side. 
  • Animals are allowed and crates are available for use. 
 If you have questions, or would like to volunteer as a Storm Shelter Coordinator, please contact the City Shelter Coordinator, Mark Tillison, at 316-641-0846 or at marktillison@derbyweb.com.